fanboy

noun
fan·​boy | \ ˈfan-ˌbȯi How to pronounce fanboy (audio) \

Definition of fanboy

: a boy or man who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something

Examples of fanboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tesla fanboys rejoiced, pushing the stock up more than 2 percent. Washington Post, "Come On, China. Tesla’s Just a Shiny Object," 18 Sep. 2019 They have been flaunted recently in dazzling hues on golf courses and during private parties at seaside villas, heralded on Instagram fanboy accounts and Rodeo Drive parades orchestrated for YouTube. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 Folks in assisted-living facilities, pasty fanboys at the mall. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 Desmond Amofah, 29, had attained hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers as Etika — a Nintendo fanboy with a high-top haircut who reacted to new trailers and game announcements with exaggerated howls of emotion. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "YouTuber Etika found dead in East River, following a series of erratic videos and police confrontations," 25 June 2019 That point could be argued by fanboys who’ve spent countless hours debating the best Dark Knights and if Superman could beat Hulk in an arm-wrestling match. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How Michael Keaton's 1989 blockbuster 'Batman' changed superhero movies forever," 20 June 2019 Musk then cued up Galileo Russell, a Tesla fanboy who issues his sycophantic opinions on Tesla via a YouTube channel. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Elon Musk's performance on Tesla's earnings call could make people afraid to buy his stock — or his cars," 3 May 2018 Desmond Amofah, 29, had attained hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers as Etika - a Nintendo fanboy with a flat top haircut who reacted to new trailers and game announcements with exaggerated howls of emotion. The Washington Post, al.com, "YouTuber Etika found dead in river after cryptic video," 26 June 2019 As a hardcore fanboy who really knew the whole history of Batman, this was not the true Batman. Scott Huver, CNN, "'Batman' turns 30: How a superfan got Hollywood to redefine the Dark Knight," 23 June 2019

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2019

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The first known use of fanboy was in 1919

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